Monday, September 22, 2014

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras addressed an international event in Baku, Azerbaijan on September 20, marking the 20th anniversary of the Shah Daniz natural gas field agreements and the beginning of drilling for the Southern Corridor pipeline network.

By participating in large-scale projects like the Southern Gas Corridor gas pipeline, "Greece improves its positioning and enhances its role in the international energy scene, becoming a 'hub' for Southeast Europe, as well as continental Europe," the premier said. He lauded the project as "a factor of long-term stability, peace and global cooperation," and one which Greece supported from the beginning. He also referred to the TAP, the Trans Adriatic Pipeline, as an integral part of the Southern Corridor, will enter Greece from its borders with Turkey and cross 543 km along its territory in Thrace and Macedonia before entering Albania. The events were also attended by delegations from Turkey, Italy, Albania, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Croatia and UK.

More information: Prime Minister’s Speech in Azerbaijan

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Evangelos Venizelos is participating in the 69th General Assembly of the United Nations held in New York, from September 21 to 28.

On Sunday, 21 September, Venizelos had a one-on-one meeting with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on the main issues of Greek foreign policy. The Secretary-General and the Deputy Prime Minister "exchanged views on prospects for the long-overdue resolution of the Greece / FYROM 'name' dispute. They also discussed the status of the negotiations to reach a comprehensive settlement in Cyprus, particularly in light of the recent appointment of a new Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on Cyprus." according to the UN readout.

Today, Venizelos will meet with the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, and with His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America. On the multilateral level, he will participate in the coordinating meeting of European Union Foreign Ministers; he will attend the working dinner of EU-NATO Foreign Ministers, and will take part in the meeting of South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP) Foreign Ministers and the Ministerial Meeting of OSCE participating states.

Athens Flying Week’s third edition takes off today, September 22, and will run through September 28, with a rich programme of activities. Events include a conference on aviation to be held at the Divani Caravel Hotel and a meeting of the European Aviation Council to be hosted on September 26 and 27. The programme will culminate with the spectacular end of the week air shows: the pre-show at Faliro Bay, featuring the legendary Red Arrows, to be followed by the three-day air show at Tatoi airfield, where an aviation theme park will be hosted.

The Royal Netherlands Air Force F-16 Demo Team, Polish Air Force’s ORLIK Aerobatic Team, the Royal Jordanian Falcons, Italian air show star Luca Bertossio, and the WeFly Team, as well as the Hellenic Air Force will participate at the air show.

The International Documentary Film Festival AegeanDocs 2014 is already in progress in Lesvos, Chios, Samos and other islands of the northern Aegean as of September 20 and will run through September 28. The festival opened with the screening of “The Act of Killing” by Joshua Oppenheimer, which won the best documentary at the 2014 Bafta Awards.

The 54 documentaries selected by the festival’s committee to participate in the official, competition programme represent the artistic creation from 27 countries; from Europe, the Middle East, Turkey, United States, Chile, Peru, Argentina and India. There will further be guest films, retrospectives on famous directors, workshops, master classes, Q&A with the invited directors.

AegeanDocs festival, which is being held for the second year, bestows four awards: Best History Documentary, Best Political Documentary, Best Social Documentary and the Special Award for Young Filmmaker.
 See also AegeanDocs 2014 Spot [Video]

Looking for ideas on what to do in the City of Athens? Wondering about which museums to visit on a tight schedule, or where to eat as part of your quest for a new gastronomic experience? A new, online guide has been published by the Guardian and titled "Athens city guide: where to stay, eat, drink, and more" highlights the "best of Athens," and is penned by Feargus O’Sullivan (14.09).
Offering a fresh look on somewhat lesser known museums, the "what to do" section, The Guardian highlights the Benaki Museum – Pireos St. Annex, in the Gazi district that hosts some of Athens’ best contemporary art exhibitions. Another option is the Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghika Gallery, which reopened to the public two years ago and includes a beautifully laid-out three-floor survey of mid-century Greek art and culture. Other must-sees on this list include the Philopappos Hill Park and the Athens Central Market, which has maintained its traditional character.